Death of Mike Simpson

Thursday, Nov 27th 2014

We are sorry to report the death of Mike Simpson, the Mathematics Staff Tutor based in London. Mike has worked for the OU for over 42 years. Besides managing a large number of ALs in London, he has been one of our most influential, prolific and successful course authors ever, producing materials at all undergraduate levels, most importantly at Level 1 where he has helped shape all our offerings since the late 1970s, right up to our recently launched flagship course MST124. He has given valuable service in many other roles, for instance Head of the old Applied Mathematics Department, Sub-Dean of the old Mathematics and Computing Faculty, member of Senate and the University's Residential School Committee – he was a stalwart of maths residential schools, organising them overall and then directing and teaching for 2 or more weeks a year until he became ill last year. His passion for the OU and its students and tutors, for mathematics and the highest quality of teaching and the student experience was undimmed right to the end. He has made outstanding contributions to our teaching that have reached hundreds of thousands of students. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Joelle and their children and offer thanks to Mike for all he did for the OU. Mike’s funeral is due to take place in London on Wednesday 3rd December at 12 noon : It is to be a mass in Joelle’s parish church Our Lady Help of Christians, Lady Margaret Rd, London NW5 2XT. Nearest station: Kentish town (tube: Northern line - or Thameslink) - a few minutes' walk Parking: most of the area is restricted to residents - if travelling by car, see below. 2pm: (optional) Hendon Cemetery Crematorium, Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB (no problem for parking inside in principle - off the A1, not on tube network) 2.30pm: Wake (toast and meal) - Michael would wish his colleagues to be warmly welcome to the Pembroke suite of the Hendon Hall Hotel, Ashley Lane, London NW4 1 HF (quite close to the Cemetery). There’ll be photos, Michael's favourite poems, songs sung at Summer Schools, please bring your own mementos to view, to recite or sing if you wish. Parking: no problem for parking in principle inside grounds or outside in nearby streets. Please contact: mikesimpsonsfamily@yahoo.co.uk to - request a parking permit for outside church, as soon as possible; - request a seat ona coach for transfer from church to other venues, as soon as possible; - confirm your attendance to the wake so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes, preferably by 30th November; - or for any other message or query . Donations in memory of Michael : a voluntary collection will be organised by Levertons Undertakers at the church and will be shared between Our Lady Help of Christians (SanTKus - homeless centre and the Cold Winter Shelter for the homeless - see church websites for further information), ITAfrica and Education projects of the Missions of Africa (Malawi and South Africa), Cancer Research and the MacMillan Support Centre at the North London Hospice. Please indicate your choice on the envelope.

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